It has been a couple of years since I started blogging but I still feel like a newbie in this Blog-O-World. In fact, I feel that I have been able to realise my potential as a blogger only this year. But, there was a time when I had almost given up on blogging. I got so lost and frustrated then that nothing made sense. Everything was a chaos; going out of control. Tired and depressed I had stepped out of this amazing world of Blogging. The realisation struck me when I looked back and found that there was no one but myself who was the source of that chaos. Only I was to blame for the faults committed. Here’s how I went about to rectify ‘The Faults in my Blogging’
The List of Faults
To solve any problem first we need to assess the problem itself and that is what I did as the first step. I listed out all the wrong practices followed by me while blogging:-
Poor Interaction: My idea to start a blog was for doing Book Reviews. After the first few weeks of posting on my blog, I started receiving comments and followers. Out of curiosity, I visited those blogs but never commented on them. I was hesitant to write something lest I make a mistake. My fault was that my interaction in the blogosphere was next to nil. Eventually, I lost my views and followers.
Too Many Commitments: Since I love reading books and write reviews for them, I enrolled myself in many such websites which organised blog tours and provided books to review. The fault was I didn’t plan accordingly and accepted many ‘review copies’ at the same time. The after effect was that I couldn’t complete most of the commitments and ended up messing the reputation of my blog.
Imitating others: In the beginning, I used to visit several blogs to peep into their activities. My fault was that for popularising my blog, I copied such similar acts in mine as well. Since they were not my ideas and I lacked the knack to carry them out properly, they looked forced and fake on my site. As a result, they never received the reaction I intended to have.
Fickling Theme: Furthermore, I used to experiment too much with the theme of my blog. I would change my theme and menu options very frequently. This fault created confusion among my readers as they had to navigate themselves in a new way every time they visited.
Impatience: Above all, I was an impatient blogger. I wanted all the positive aspects of blogging in no time. I wanted my blog to be the most talked about, most followed in a matter of a few months. This self-centred mentality and high expectations for my blog ultimately gave me frustration and nothing else. This was one of the biggest faults in my blogging. I was foolish not to realise that fulfilment of expectations can be achieved only by sheer hard work.
As expected with all these faults committed by me, I did not grow as a blogger and went on a hiatus for a year or so.
What happened thereafter?
A ping or a message about someone subscribing to my blog or liking my published post used to rattle me during my hiatus period. As time passed, I reflected upon the things I had done while blogging and honestly acknowledged my mistakes. I took a decision to come back as I had always loved reading and writing and blogging had given me a perfect avenue.
Hence, I took the following steps:
1) Straightening out my priorities was the first thing. I sat and wrote what I wanted most from blogging.
2) Secondly, I limited my commitments and accepted the requests only when I was sure to fulfil them.
3) I consciously started replying to my readers and leaving comments on the blogs I visited. Communicating and making friends in Blogosphere became one of my top priorities. Slowly and steadily, I succeeded in having regular conversations with my fellow bloggers. (It has become my habit now and I am very happy about it.)
4) Content and Consistency were the other two aspects which I sincerely paid attention to.
5) Lastly, I stopped imitating others and concentrated on what I was most capable of.
Where do I stand at present?
After months of following my revised agenda, I can confidently say that I am progressing forward. There are things which I still need to learn but I am not in a rush. I feel satisfied and comfortable in my virtual space. In the course of time, I have made some good friends here who advise me and support me whenever required. Talking to them is like talking to old friends. Also, I have got my groove back as my focus is on only writing what I love.
I am a Happy Blogger now 🙂
Do you have such similar experiences when you had given up things you loved but couldn’t forgo them and came back to claim them again? Let me know them in the comments section below…
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